Indian pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been developing his batting skills to gather quick runs down the order and received a standing ovation as he smacked Kagiso Rabada for a six in the second innings of the ongoing second Test match between India and South Africa at Johannesburg.
Indian team already leads the three-match series 1-0 with a brilliant 130-run win in the first Test at Centurion’s SuperSport Park. In this Test as well, South Africa did well to restrict India to 202 in their first innings, with Marco Jansen taking four wickets, while Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi taking three scalps each.
After keeping South Africa to 229 in their first innings, Indian batters found it hard to adjust to the uneven bounce of the Wanderers’ surface. Cheteshwar Pujara (53) and Ajinkya Rahane (58) added 111 runs for the third wicket to lend Indian innings some support. But contributions from Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, and Shardul Thakur, pushed the lead to well past 200 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah Slams Kagiso Rabada For A Six; Indian Team Gives Standing Ovation
A small contribution to that total also came from Jasprit Bumrah, who had a mid-pitch altercation with Marco Jansen. Though Bumrah made only 7 runs, it consisted of a huge six, which came off Kagiso Rabada bouncer.
The six came in the 55th over, however, in the last over, Jansen managed to piss off Bumrah with some aggressive bowling aimed at his body. The Indian Test-vice captain for this match was none too pleased after getting hit multiple times and even faced off with the 6 ft 8in Jansen in the middle of the pitch.
Kagiso Rabada continued to pepper him with bouncers and on the second ball of the 55th over, Bumrah sent a short ball from the Proteas pacer into the grass banks, soaring over the deep square leg. This led to the Indian player in the dressing room to stand up and applaud the brilliant hitting by Bumrah.
Watch: Indian Team Gives Jasprit Bumrah A Standing Ovation After He Smacks Kagiso Rabada For A Six
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South Africa in their first innings made 229 runs with Keegan Petersen making 62 runs and Temba Bavuma making 51 runs. Shardul Thakur for India was the pick of the bowlers with career-best figures of 7/61.